Scholarships for Mexican Youth
By Jaci Winters
La Biblioteca awarded 103 scholarships in 2015 to help young Mexicans continue their education and improve their future opportunities. Amistad Canada funded 12 of the scholarships with donations from Canadians. The balance was funded by La Biblioteca from donations, the Bodega Sorpresa (thrift store) sales, and other social enterprises.
Fifty students attending high school and junior high received scholarships to ensure that they have the prerequisites for higher education at a university or college, or future employment. Another 53 scholarships were awarded to university students to assist them and their families with the many expenses, including fees, books, and accommodations required to attend university. After graduation these university students have greater access to employment opportunities and higher incomes.
For more than 40 years La Biblioteca has provided young people with scholarships to build better futures for Mexican students and their families. La Biblioteca is very proud of this tradition and hopes to continue it in the future.
We encourage everyone to make a donation this tax year to enable La Biblioteca to continue helping the many deserving students who apply each year. All donors will receive a tax receipt and our sincere gratitude.
Donations can be made at La Biblioteca for a US or Mexican tax receipt. For Canadian tax receipts go to AmistadCanada.org or Canadahelps.org.
Two of the deserving students who received Amistad scholarships in 2015 are Francisco Uriel Jacinto Ramírez and Emilio Hernández Ángel. Francisco is an architecture student from the community of los Ricos de Abajo. His father is a bricklayer and his mother is a housewife. Emilio is an engineering student from the community of Charco de Sierra. His father works in the fields as a bricklayer and her mother is a housewife.